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The Komets held a huge edge in shots on goals against Rapid City, unfortunately few of those shots went in the net.

The Komets fell 5-2 to the Rush on Friday night in South Dakota. The two teams play again Saturday at 9:05 p.m.

Fort Wayne (3-4-0) out shot Rapid City (6-2-1) 39-19, but the Komets played from behind all night.

Rapid City's Anthony Perdicaro opened the scoring in the first period, and the Rush added goals from Jeff Kyrazkos and Mike Vaskivuo in the second before the Komets finally scored.

Chris Auger scored at 13:21, but it was answered just more than a minute later by Konrad Reeder.

Jesse Shchultz scored for Rapid City in the third, and the Komets' Leo Thomas capped the scoring. Thomas' goal was the only shot out of the Komets' 18 in the period to beat goalie Danny Battochio.

Komets goalie Kevin Beech was beaten on four of the 16 shots he faced. Nick Boucher stopped two of three shots.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at